Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Poster Design for the Play "I Saw Her That Night"

Latin and Cyrillic version of the poster for the play "Te noci sam je video" (I Saw Her That Night). The play is the most ambitious artistic project in the region and is co-production between the JDP-Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade, the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Burgtheater Vienna and Cankarjev dom Ljubljana.


"I Saw Her That Night, a love story in time of war, is a story about a few years in the life and mysterious disappearance of Veronika Zarnik, a young bourgeois woman from Ljubljana, sucked into the whirlwind of a turbulent period in history. We follow her story from the perspective of five different characters, who also talk about themselves, as well as the troubled Slovenian times before and during World War II; times that swallowed, like a Moloch, not only the people of various beliefs involved in historical events, but also those who lived on the fringes of tumultuous events, which they did not even fully comprehend―they only wanted to live. But “only” to live was an illusion: it was a time when, even under the seemingly safe and idyllic shelter of a manor house in Slovenia, it was impossible to avoid the rushing train of violence."

More of my theatre posters for JDP you can see here.




Friday, October 15, 2021

The Board Book" My Place Under the Sun"

The non-profit organization Moje mjesto pod suncem (My Place Under the Sun) originated in Rijeka, Croatia. Their program's primary goal is to provide children below the poverty line with activities that will enable them to grow and develop based on their abilities rather than on the severe social context surrounding them. They offer these kids quality extra-institutional education in the hope that it will boost their self-esteem and self-reflection and help them realize their full potential.

When I was asked to volunteer my services and create a logo for My Place Under the Sun, I decided to create something child friendly and also something empowering, that's why I created this image of a child as a superhero.

After creating the logo, to raise even more funds for the organization, I came up with the idea of creating a children board book that's based on the idea of a horizontal split of a logo. When one flips through the pages, one is not only exploring different combinations of faces, but also a variety of combinations of words written on the top and bottom pages. For the textual part of the book, I acquired help from famous Croatian writers Slavenka Drakulic and Rujana Jeger. They wrote the text in a way that in every possible page combination, the words always form a sentence that empowers and educates the kids. Altogether, 12 top and 12 bottom pages offer 144 different possible visual and textual combinations. 

With everything mentioned, we were able to make a very simple and inexpensive interactive book that's suitable for both parents and kids. Although it's very hard to understand the full concept of this book by only looking at the pictures, hopefully, you can get the gist of it.

All three of us, together with Bodoni publishing company from Zagreb donated all the profit from the book to Moje mjesto pod suncem.



Tuesday, October 12, 2021

PosterFest 03

The prestigious PosterFest 03 in Budapest, Hungary included two of my posters in their selection/show.

The poster 10th Festival Miroslav Krleža was created for the festival in Zagreb, Croatia, and the poster Moj muž (My Husband) was created for Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade, Serbia.






 

 

Friday, October 1, 2021

My Work Featured in Book "Graphic Style"

I just received the Ukrainian version of the book Graphic Style: From Victorian to Hipster by Steven Heller and Seymour Chwast

I am honoured that my animation, design and illustration are featured in it.














Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Posters the Play Siroka zemlja (The Vast Domain)

Originally, the premiere of the play Siroka zemlja (The Vast Domain), a production of JDP Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade, Serbia was scheduled for the spring of this year. Unfortunately, because of Covid, the premiere had been postponed a few times. Finally, it happened on September 24th.

The Vast Domain (Das weite Land) is a play by the Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler, which focuses on 1890s Viennese society, demonstrating the effects of upper-class codes of behaviour on human relationships.
 
"A play that combines detailed psychology with a portrait of a society... What the play shows us is couples indulging in a polite sexual excuse me behind which lurks panic, death and an insane preoccupation with honour... What is fascinating is that the action is conducted against a background of tennis parties, trips to the Dolomites, charade like affairs and summerhouse banter against Art Deco panels. Everything suggests a world of golden leisure and civilized deceit. But what Schnitzler shows us is the corrosive effect of habitual lying on this Smiles of a Summer Night' atmosphere and the destructive impact of the hero's contaminated sense of honour. I think it's a marvellous play because it pinpoints decadence with wit and irony."
 
You can find more of my poster designs for JDP here.
 





 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

My Work in American Illustration 39

With some delay, I finally received the American Illustration 39 book. The book is not only beautifully designed, full of beautiful illustrations, but also includes two of my illustrations of theatre posters created for plays Lorenzaccio (Lorencačo) and Uncle Vanya (Ujka Vanja) produced by JDP-Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia.

You can see more of my posters for Yugoslav Drama Theatre here.






 

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Opening of the "From History of Human Stupidity"

Here are a few photos from the opening of my show From History of Human Stupidity at Gallery HDD - Hrvatsko dizajnersko društvo / Croatian Designers Association in Zagreb, Croatia.

The show is going to be open till October 1st, 2021. 


 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

"From History of Human Stupidity"

Today, at Gallery HDD - Hrvatsko dizajnersko društvo / Croatian Designers Association in Zagreb, is the opening of the show of my work. The show is titled From History of Human Stupidity

The concept of the show and selection of the work is by Marko Golub. 

The show is going to be open till October 1st, 2021.









Friday, September 3, 2021

#7 Modesty Blaise by Jim Holdaway

In one of my last posts about comics, I mentioned how I envy artists who can create perfect drawings with seemingly random and out-of-control lines.

I think this original from Modesty Blaise by Jim Holdaway, from 1965 is a great example. By the way, there is no one single correction on this strip.



 

The Daily Heller

The Daily Heller: A Poster Pattern for Sarajevo

In 2014, Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilíc, among other artists, were invited by the "Sarajevo 1914–2014" project to create posters as part of an anniversary celebration. Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, represents the meeting point of civilizations, cultures and religions. Glaser came up with the idea for each designer to create posters that work side by side together, "meeting" each other to form one grand image. 

For Glaser and Ilíc's posters, "We divided the letters of the word Sarajevo," Ilíc explains. "Milton got 'A,' 'J,' 'V' and 'O,' and I took the letters 'R,' 'A' and 'E.' We split the letter 'S.'"

Glaser created his poster first, and it looked very modern. "I decided that I would create an 'old' poster," Ilíc says. The work was about Sarajevo, 100 years ago. "For that I decided to create posters with the look of filigree, and crochet both, for which Sarajevo was well-known."

With a little back and forth, they managed to harmoniously match the posters in color and looks. Below are a few possible poster combinations.